35 Years Ago Today: Beijing / by Michael

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China
China

Imagine a city of 12 million people, all on bicycles.  No cars.  Imagine walking across Tienanmen (天安門) square to the Forbidden City, in the dead of winter, and not a soul is there. Imagine taking an old 'Shanghai' taxi out to the Great Wall in February, and you are the only person standing in the snow-swept landscape. Imagine mid-summer on the city's biggest shopping street, Wangfujing, and everyone - everyone - is wearing white. Imagine Beijing in 1979.

Chang An Ave
Chang An Ave
Iron Rooster
Iron Rooster
Wangfujin
Wangfujin
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China